1. Know the Dangers of Opioid Abuse and Teach your Family and Friends
Research has shown that substance abuse and addiction occurs in adolescents younger than 18. For most, dependence takes hold through smoking, dipping, or recreational marijuana use. After a while, the need for a better high consumes them and they look into harder substances. For some, substance abuse comes from prescribed medication that helps them to feel better, and then they no longer feel better when they stop taking the prescription.
As a parent, take the time to be involved with your children. Educate them on the dangers of substance abuse. Give them more than the “drugs are bad” speech; take the time to help them understand the effects different drugs can have on them, including prescription drugs.
If you are by yourself and alone, stay connected to your family. Hiding from your family makes it harder for them to see changes in your behavior which may help them identify problems early on.